Relationship Mood Board – How to Celebrate Your One Year Anniversary!!

Dear Readers,

As you all may already know, Jason and I celebrated our one year anniversary on June 25, 2018. Since it was on a Monday, we decided to have our anniversary dinner on Saturday, June 23. Here are some pics from our dinner at Sukiyaki House:

On our actual anniversary date on June 25, 2018, Jason and I made a Mood Board!!!!

What is a Mood Board?

Ideally, a Mood Board is a giant poster/board that hold photos, and words that lead towards inspiration. Ultimately, a Mood Board should help you visualize what you’re thinking or dreaming about in your head. By putting all of these creative ideas or dreams or visions you have from your head, into something physical such as a poster paper, can help you channel out your energy the right way. It helps you determine the goals you have in mind, and pushes you to believe and strive towards those goals.

The power of the mind is no joke. Have you ever heard of the saying, “the more you think, dream, and pray about it, the more it’ll come true”. The Mood Board, is the visual representation of that saying.

The idea of making a Mood Board came from my best friend, Tamika. Originally, she told me to make one for myself only… but then I realized, why not make a “Relationship Mood Board” instead?!?!

Jason and I gathered photos from the internet that represented the 5 most important things in our relationship. These 5 are:

1.) Family

2.) Home

3.) Pet

4.) Travel

5.) Cars

This is how our Mood Board looks like:

fullsizeoutput_ffc2fullsizeoutput_ffc7fullsizeoutput_ffc6

As you can see, at the back of our board we wrote a special letter from our “current selves” to our “future selves”.  It’s a reminder of who we are right now, and who we aspire to be… just in case, somewhere along our lives wherein we might forget.

A quick summary of the 5 most important things in our life, and the photos we selected.

  1. Family – Jason and I want to have 2 kids. We also want to establish our careers as CPAs (Chartered Professional Accountants) and land stable jobs. We both agree that job security is important in order to maintain a happy family.
  2. Home – Thankfully, we both agree to a modern looking house, and modern decor. I want a nice kitchen, with white marble countertops, white walls, and modern furnitures. Jason wants a gaming room, wherein he can play his gaming computer, TV, Xbox, and Play Station (typical guy, I know).
  3. Pet – This was mostly MY IDEA. I grew up with two cats, and ever since I lost them, I’ve been relentlessly dreaming of owning my own pet cat. Ideally, I want a fat grey cat, just like the one on our Mood Board 🙂
  4. Travel – Both of us want to travel the world before we officially settle, get married and have kids. At the top of our travel bucket list includes, Philippines (my country of birth), China (Jason’s country of birth), Mexico, and Las Vegas (Jason enjoys gambling – so this would be the perfect getaway for him!).
  5. Cars – Our dream cars all happen to be in white colors!!! Mine would be the G-Wagon, and his are the other two cars on the board (I have no idea what they’re called).

I love our Mood Board!!!

It’s the best source of inspiration, and motivation to keep on going. It’s truly a physical way of viewing our dreams as a couple. Now that I have it up in my room, every time I glance at it, I feel so much more inspired… more motivated… more ambitious… and it feels as if my dreams, are not too far away.

Our Relationship Mood Board, represents the goals that Jason and I are working towards. Each couple must have these sets of goals, because having an end goal wherein both partners can work towards is key to a lasting relationship. How dull would your relationship be, if you and your partner have no dreams… no shared visions… no shared goals… A couple must always, always dream and work hard together, because that is truly the key to a beautiful and long relationship.

Remember this, “the glory and joy of achieving your goals as a couple will taste so much sweeter, because the couple dreamed it together, worked for it together, and are living in it together. Don’t let your fear hold you back… support each other… encourage the other… and one day, in God’s good grace, you’ll have everything in your Relationship Mood Board too!” 

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

“Strawberry Cheese-Cupcakes” – A Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift

February 13, 2018

Dear Readers,

Tomorrow is finally Valentine’s Day!!! I am beyond excited to celebrate my FIRST Valentine’s Day with Jason!!! The reason why I baked these cheese-cupcakes is because I wanted to give these to Jason as a part of his Valentine’s Day gift. I also packed some for my friends and family.

This idea of “Valentine’s Day baking and giving“, is inspired by the Japanese way of celebrating Valentine’s Day – the women themselves present gifts to their loved ones. Did you know that in Japan, the girls make chocolates or bake desserts for their special someone during Valentine’s Day??? Instead of the men splurging on expensive gifts for their women, the women are the ones who spoil their men through baking sweets. It has been a tradition for Japanese women to prepare handmade chocolates for their boyfriend/husband, friends, family, or “crushes”, in celebration of Valentine’s Day. I learned about this from a Netflix TV show called “Good Morning Call”. (I was hooked on it for a little bit, but then it got too annoying)

I also think that this recipe would be great to make even if it’s NOT Valentine’s Day!

IMG_4346_FotorIMG_4351_Fotor

Ingredients:

-2 cups of graham cracker crumbs (I used HoneyMaid)

-roughly 1/4 unsalted butter of a 1 lb package (MELTED)

-2 250g cream cheese (Philadelphia Original)

-1 300ml condensed milk

-3 eggs (room temperature)

-2 tablespoons white sugar

-strawberries (roughly 1 lb is enough)

-cupcake icing by Cake Mate (or you can make your own)

IMG_4310

Recipe makes 24 regular sized cheese-cupcakes

BEGIN: 

PREHEAT OVEN TO 35O F

1.) Let’s start by making the base. Melt the unsalted butter in the microwave and add it in the bowl of 2 cups graham cracker crumbs.

2.) Stir with a fork until the butter has been completely mixed with the graham cracker crumbs.

IMG_4315

3.) Scoop one spoon full of the graham cracker crumbs into the baking cups.

4.) With your fingers, press down until the graham cracker crumbs are firm and flat.

IMG_4316

5.) In a mixer, blend cream cheese, eggs, and condensed milk until smooth.

IMG_4319IMG_4322

6.) Pour cheesecake filling over the graham cracker crumbs. Fill up to 3/4 of the baking cups.

IMG_4323

7.) Bake in 350 F, for 25 minutes – use the “toothpick test” to determine if the cheesecake is ready or not. (toothpick test = simply grab a toothpick, stab the cake and pull it out. If there are “liquid/sticky” residues on the toothpick, the cake is not ready. If the toothpick pulls out clean without any residues, it’s ready to go!)

8.) While the cake is baking, with a food processor, puree the strawberries (about a cup of strawberries).

9.) Add 2 tablespoons of white sugar in the pureed strawberries, and blend again.

IMG_4326IMG_4335

10.) After 25 minutes or so, the cheesecakes should be ready. Pull it out and let it sit to cool.

IMG_4328

11.) While waiting for the cheesecakes to cool down, cut the strawberries like so:

IMG_4337

12.) Once the cheesecakes had cooled down, scoop a spoonful of pureed strawberries and pour on top of the cheesecakes.

IMG_4339

13.) Add vanilla icing on top of the puree

IMG_4341

14.) Add the cut strawberries on top of the icing – it’s all for the aesthetics!

IMG_4351_Fotor

15.) BOX THEM UP!!!! OR EAT THEM! UP TO YOU 🙂

IMG_4367_FotorIMG_4371_Fotor

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day and night with the people you love! If not, then I hope you treat yourself to something good!

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

$35 Meal Prep – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner For 3 Days!

November 6, 2017

Dear Readers,

Ohhhh university…. it’s the best 4 years of learning! For the most part, the best thing university teaches us, is how to save and spend money the best economical way. You see, with the more money you save on food at campus, gives you more money to waste on liquor, clothes, random splurges, and whatever item or activity there is to reduce your “school stress”. With the most of us, “average university kids”, struggling with money, food is truly an expense we can’t skip out on. Therefore, my university years taught me how to be a wise spender while being a healthy eater.

My lifestyle had undergone some dramatic changes since last year. For instance, I had become very strict with what I eat, especially when I’m in school. As a business student, I can’t help but notice how expensive eating on campus can be. The basic prices for lunch varies from ~$6.00 (Subway 6-inch sub or Tim’s) to ~$10.00 (Edo, Thai Express, La Prep or Mucho Burrito). Multiply that by 4, since I’m a full-time student with classes from Mondays to Thursdays… and count in the additional taxes you end up paying for your meal… eventually, the amount of money an average student spends on food adds up substantially. That rough estimate only accounts for lunch… I didn’t even bother adding the various expenses on dinner and snacks on campus!!!

…What about the nutrition from the food on campus – let’s not even touch on that.

So, for starters, here’s a super cheap and easy meal prep for breakfast, lunch, and dinner enough to last for 3 days!!! By cheap, I mean cheap!!! My grocery bill from today, only cost me $35.41 at Safeway!!! Which equals to $11.80 a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!!

IMG_4083

IMG_4086

BREAKFAST:

-Greek yogurt and frozen berries

OR

-Frozen fruit smoothie with almond milk

Normally, I workout in the mornings around 6:30 am to 9:00 am. I like to have a small bite before my workout, nothing too heavy, just lite and quick. So, what I end up doing is either: making a smoothie or yogurt!

My little trick with my yogurt is simple. First, I pack it in a small container and place the frozen berries on top. Then, I take this container with me to school and I eat it right after my workout! By that time, the berries had defrosted and you’re not biting into frozen chunks of fruit! The frozen berries also keeps your yogurt chilled, so you’re not eating warm yogurt either.

LUNCH AND DINNER

Pan-fried Chicken and Turkey Meal Prep

Ingredients:

-3 chicken breasts

-3 strips of turkey meat

-broccoli

-sweet potato/yam

-frozen corn and frozen green peas (not from today’s grocery)

-virgin olive oil

-salt

-garlic & pepper seasoning

BEGIN:

Potatoes: 

1.) Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit

2.) Peel skin of sweet potatoes and rinse in cold water

3.) Slice into thin round pieces

4.) Place flat on a baking pan, then drizzle with olive oil

5.) Season with salt and roasted garlic & peppers

6.) Bake sweet potatoes for 35 minutes

IMG_4095

Broccoli: 

1.)  Rinse broccoli in cold water

2.) Steam for 15 minutes

IMG_4093

Corn and Beans: 

1.) Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pot

2.) Add a cup of frozen corn into pot

3.) Then, add a cup of  frozen green peas

4.) Cook for 10 minutes in medium heat

IMG_4097

Chicken and Turkey: 

1.) Warm a drizzle of olive oil on a pan under medium heat

2.) Start frying chicken and turkey

3.) Season however you please – salt, steak seasoning, peppers etc.

4.) Constantly flip sides to ensure proper cooking

5.) Let it cook for 30 minutes under medium heat

IMG_4096

COMBINE

Once everything has been cooked, gather all of the vegetables and meat and place it  evenly in your containers. Like so:

IMG_4104IMG_4109

ANNNNND just like that, you’re already saving more and eating better! ANNND you are very, very, very welcome!

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

IMG_4102